After a highly successful first showcase of ‘The Unheard World’ at the Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury, in mid-October, the Audiovisability team will be travelling down to Brighton’s Fabrica Gallery in early December to perform for a second time.
A report by Eloise Garland www.eloisegarland.co.uk
‘The Unheard World’ explores the richness of Middle Eastern and Sudanese cultures, as well as the experience of migration, deafness, identity and language from a deaf perspective. ‘The Unheard World’ features music for flute, strings, Syrian oud, and percussion written by British-Syrian composer, Waseem Kotoub; live painting by acclaimed artist, Rachel Gadsden; creative British Sign Language by actress, Nadia Nadarajah, and accessible captioning by musician and Deaf awareness campaigner, Eloise Garland. It also features photography by Stephen Iliffe, as well as beautiful and unique textile works by Omeima Mudawi-Rowlings, whose life story is the inspiration behind one of Waseem Kotoub’s compositions, Belonging. Audiovisability is unique in that it brings together such a collection of artforms, each adding to and enhancing the performance that little bit more.
Despite ‘The Unheard World’ being a relatively new research and design project, it has already made a clear impact on its audience, challenging people to think about Deaf culture, music, and visual arts in a different – and refreshing – way.
“The integration of Deaf Culture and its language (British Sign Language (BSL)) with the musical world is new to me, as it was to two fellow audience members who themselves were deaf. It seems that British Sign Language, like music, has repetition, rhythm, rhyme, alliteration, and metre. Here the combination proves winning for audiences both deaf and hearing, judging by the final noise of clapping and raising of rotating hands.”
– Lauraine Leigh Klugman, review for the Newbury Weekly News.
The next performance of ‘The Unheard World’ will be on the 6th of December at the Fabrica gallery, Brighton. Tickets are free but places are limited, so advanced booking is recommended. Bookings can be made by clicking here, or in person by speaking to a member of the gallery team on Mondays and Tuesdays, 10am – 4pm. www.fabrica.org.uk